La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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2.1/5 rDev -49.5%
Cellared for 1 year
Appearance: sizzling carbonation on pour, but gone before you know it leaving nothing at all for a head - not a good sign; hazy, red/brown like leather
Aroma: minimal scent, but getting some booze and sharp fruit
Taste & Mouthfeel: not completely flat, but definitely short on carbonation; very sweet caramel and toffee, sugary; a hint of spice, probably from yeast because hop balance is nowhere to be seen
Overall: really nothing much to it, lacking character and proper mouthfeel; boring and too much like candy; maybe cellaring had a negative affect, this is the second La Trappe review I've had that ranked their beer way lower than others did, so something's up
12-03-2012 01:14:32 | More by BGDrock
2.1/5 rDev -49.5%
Marketing wins again....4 beers, but Missed that it was 2 different beers. Completely not worth over 20 bucks!!! That said the glass was nice. if you hadn't gathered I picked this up in a box set with a glass and a few beers.
I'll take other's notes and just says WTF? This much sticky and creamy head on a 10% beer is just amazing. The beer color and body is dark ruby and somewhat clear given the trappet nature here.
The nose is cloves, bananas, and dark malt. Very sweet!
The flavor is much like the nose with a lot of heat and alcohol. Yes, bananas, clove, spices...not much else.
This one is hot and unpleasant. The mouth is uber creamy, yes I went nerd words it was so creamy. Over the top.
I haven't been a huge fan of trappest beers, and this non belgian versions proves that monks should stay out of beer!
12-10-2011 02:13:57 | More by bobhits
2.42/5 rDev -41.8%
This beer pours a lighter brown color with a non-existent head. Sediment also non-existent. This has a very sweet boozy smell-very much like whiskey. Nothing else to report in the smell, which is sad because it could be much more complex considering the style. Others can hide the alcohol pretty well. The taste is really nothing but sugar and alcohol as well. The alcohol blends in a bit better in the taste, but not much. A slight hint of citrus fruits can be sensed in the taste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is about right. Compared to the St. Bernardus and Westvleteren, this is much less drinkable. The alcohol is not masked well, and the beer is overwhelmingly sweet. St. Bernardus ABT 12 is better for the money in my opinion.
05-10-2009 00:37:16 | More by Jablonski
2.5/5 rDev -39.9%
11.2oz bottle. Pours a very dark amber with a medium tan head that degenerates to wisps. No sediment. Smells boozy, raisiny, and really sugary. Tastes roasty, with some chocolate; weird prune character. Lots of alcohol burn. Medium bodied with high carbonation for the style and a warming (hot) finish. Almost a chore to down. As an aside, these notes are from a blind tasting with Westvleteren 12 and St. Bernardus 12. This was far and away the loser.
05-10-2009 00:38:33 | More by philipquarles
2.63/5 rDev -36.8%
After taking the bottle from the fridge I left it for awhile to get it to its recommended serving temperature, between 8 and 12 °C. It poured a lovely dark amber, about 2cm head that quickly receded into a thin layer of small bubbles. Almost no visible bubbles. There is not much smell, just some sweetness and alcohol. The taste is also not very prominent and did not really agree with me. It's too sweet, for some reason, just sugary and not very interesting. Oddly enough the alcohol was not very prevalent, given the high ABV. Maybe I need to be in the mood or something to fully appreciate this beer.
08-15-2006 14:44:14 | More by Regenpak
2.8/5 rDev -32.7%
When poured into the chalice the appearance is dark brown and mahogany . The label is different than the one pictured . Tan leathery head and there is a small proportion of lacing on thee chalice . The smell is sweet / sour , toffee smelling . The taste and the mouthfeel are just bland and the aftertaste is nothing to brag about either . This just was all over the place for me and I did not enjoy it .
08-31-2007 17:14:23 | More by Kudashov
2.85/5 rDev -31.5%
I'm happy so many people thought this was phenomenal, but I just couldn't get there. I tasted a little cinamon, and candy sugar, but the overall impression was that of a beer stored too long in sub-standard conditions. My bottle said it was a Trappist ale, but I did not find the Trappist seal anywhere on the bottle (like the one on Chimay, Rochefort, Orval et. al.). Did I get some weird bootleg version, or is La Trappe suffering from some serious "has been/ used to be" issues? All the other beers in their line I tried were similarly compromised in quality of aroma/ body/ flavor/ finish. Rather two dimensional.
09-12-2006 20:06:14 | More by dedrinker
2.85/5 rDev -31.5%
Clear red, the bottle pours with vigorous carbonation that quickly dissipates, leaving a beer that appears flat.
Caramelized barley in the aroma, with some spice (cardamon/cinnamon/heymon help me identify) from the yeast. The flavor is similar, the barley dominates with its flavors, but this feels too dimensional. Seen? Not a lot going on in the flavor
dept...just not picking up much nuance. Slightly sweet, not cloying, alcohol a little evident, does not play well, however, with chocolate. This I am sad to report. Decent..
From reading other reviews, perhaps I had one past its prime? I don't know, it seems unlikely that a quad would be past its prime in this day and age. Perhaps I'll try again later. Got it at a bottle shop in AK that had plenty of Belgians with a few years on them. Shoulda been prime, methinks..
09-22-2010 04:36:16 | More by dragonWhale
2.88/5 rDev -30.8%
A- Thick tan head on a kind of cloudy amber body with few orange hues.
S- Spices, alcohol, cherries, plums, raisins, sweet caramel, and sugars all help make up the aroma.
T- Really sweet caramel and light toffee malt body. Strong candy cherries, plums, few dry hops, alcohol, spices, cloves, and a bunch of sugars blend together. The candy cherries really stand out more than rest of things along with the sweet caramel body.
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I'm really not a big fan of this at all. I think the sweetness is almost overwhelming.
07-18-2007 04:22:13 | More by BlindPig
2.88/5 rDev -30.8%
This beer came in a 11.2oz bottle. Pours a brown color with a small head that sticks around and leaves some lacing. The aroma is yeasty and fruity with a slight bit of malts. Typically I love a good Belgian, but this one didn't have a nice flavor. There is a fig and sweet malt flavor, but it is really weak. It needs to have more flavor if it's going to be a good quad.
10-26-2004 14:04:04 | More by clvand0
2.9/5 rDev -30.3%
11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.
A - ruby red color, reminiscent of cranberry juice. an ~1cm head form and slowly dissipated to a thin film as the beer warmed.
S - there wasn't a lot going on here. everything seemed very subtle. there was a very sweet malt smell, honey, fruit, grass, and alcohol.
T - after trying this beer, I in no way believe that it is 10%ABV. I've had liquor that was smoother. on top of the alcohol (that came across as spicy and slightly peppery), there was that same honey sweetness, some sweet malt, fruit, and grassy hops toward the end. maybe some citrus and apples, but just like the smell, the taste was pretty plain as everything seemed very subdued. The alcohol was a huge bother in attempting to enjoy this beer.
M - i perceived it as syrup, sticky. it was adequately carbonated, but the overall texture was...kind of thick and...sticky.
D - i'd drink it again, but there are plenty of other quads i'd pick before this one. it just wasn't that great and it definitely wasn't worth the price.
02-25-2009 04:26:49 | More by bowersdm
2.9/5 rDev -30.3%
Bottle. Pours a semi-translucent brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisins, molasses, and sugary sweet malt. Flavor of raisins, sweet dark fruits, apple juice, sweet malt, and bready malt. Very sweet A bit hard to drink and not even close to the complexity of the other Belgian quads.
06-09-2009 16:32:47 | More by LilBeerDoctor
2.93/5 rDev -29.6%
It was served amber, flat and with very little lacing that was white in a Koningshoeven glass.
There was really just a smell of alcohol, like I was sniffing a cleaning solution.
It had a complex mixed taste of alcohol and sweet malt. I felt that the alcohol tinge was overwhelming the malt sweetness. It was smooth with a medium head and great texture.
The mouthfeel was out of this world. Everything else was not impressive.
10-18-2008 19:49:48 | More by Rennpferd
2.98/5 rDev -28.4%
A - Auburn to golden with a strawberry hue. A small head with brief retention and only scattered spots of lacing.
S - Alcohol, cherries, strawberries and candied sugars. The alcohol is way too prominant here, it smells sugary and boozy.
T - Cherries, candied sugars, alcohol, a touch of raspberries and light bodied malt. It closes with a bitter malty finish.
M - Slight syrupy texture. Medium bodied. Smooth, a bit drying, though superficially refreshing. In other words, it seems to quench your thirst, but moments after drinking the alcohol dries up your throat leaving you thirsty again.
D - Not awful, but definitely not good. It is too strong, syrupy and boozy. It tastes alright, but the combination of effects, made me more than comfortable with giving half of the fifth away.
01-02-2007 21:53:24 | More by mrasskicktastic
3/5 rDev -27.9%
Final trappist beer for me to try. Had on tap at the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston. Served in a two ounce tasting glass.
A.reddish amber body and an off white head
T.raisin....light floral hop...alcohol
D.ok...but very light...I expected something more assertive.
09-11-2011 02:54:36 | More by jneiswender
La Trappe Quadrupel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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